doesn’t include that you might need it to.
Any offer, whether it’s from a current employer, a prospective employer or a corporate headhunter, should be considered first in the context of cold hard cash. Will you be getting a pay raise? How does that compare to the cost of living in the new area versus your current level of expenses? Even if you’re able to make a profit on the sale of your home, will you be able to buy a home in the new area with the proceeds? When considering the cold hard cash aspect of employee relocation, facts and figures are indispensable. Making a chart to assist your decision making process is never a bad idea.
You’ll also want to consider how it will impact your personal life. If a young single person, this might mean very seriously contemplating the quality of life in the new town versus your current home. You may have personal relationships or family duties that make such a move impossible. On the other hand, you may be craving life in a bigger city or a more temperate climate. For those who’ve not set down root yet, the best thing that could happen to you might be employee relocation, facts and figures be damned.
On the other hand, a more rational approach is usually called for when dealing with mid-career executives and those with families of their own. Not only will the wishes of a spouse and children need to be considered, but when considering a package that includes employee relocation, facts and figures that suggest it might be to your financial advantage to do so will be of little use if your spouse is dead set against it.
In the end, it will take a long time to make a list of all the expenses that you might incur during employee relocation. Facts and figures don’t lie, though. Be as thorough as possible when considering an offer of assistance. If it’s not in writing, then it’s just a promise. Once you have a piece of paper that gives you a clear outline of what you will and won’t be paying for, who will be assisting your with the move, what services are not covered and what you’ll be responsible for paying taxes on (never, ever forget the tax man), you’ll have a better idea of just what a good idea this opportunity really is.